Saturday Share: Making Disinfectant

During all these weeks, I have yet to find a can of Lysol or any kind of disinfectant n the supermarket shelves.

This COVID-19 keeps dragging on so I thought I'd give a few more "recipes" for making disinfectant solutions.

I've got Clorox so I can make a disinfectant solution with that, but what to do if you can't buy any bleach?

There are actually other kinds of disinfectants, and that's what today's post is about.

Disinfect is defined as to clean or to kill pathogenic microorganisms. According to the federal government, for something to be classed as a disinfectant, it must be thoroughly tested.

The recipe I'm going to give haven't been tested except by housewives through the years. These concoctions have been around for a very long time and were used before products were readily available in a retail setting.

Borax is an extremely cheap disinfectant, and it's used in many organic cleansers. It's safe in the concentrations used in the following homemade disinfectants, but it could cause skin irritation if large quantities are used.

In my mom's day, you could buy 20 Mule Team Borax in the supermarket. I haven't seen it there in a long time, but you can still buy 20 Mule Team Borax and other brands of borax on Amazon.

Borax is an evaporative deposit produced by the repeated evaporation of seasonal lakes. It's natural and has no inherently toxic ingredients, BUT it can be harmful in the same way as excess salt. It doesn't cause cancer, accumulate in the body or in the environment, or absorb through the skin.

(It's one of those things that the size of the dose makes it a poison. Borax is not harmful to the body or the environment with normal, external usage any more than salt or baking soda is.)

Borax Cleaner

1/2 cup borax
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 gallons hot water
lavender essential oil, an antiseptic herb, optional

Dissolve the borax and the vinegar in the hot water. Use the mixture to mop floors. Use a sponge dipped in the mixture to wash walls, bathroom fixtures, countertops, etc. Rinse the cleaned surfaces thoroughly with plain water.

If you want your solution to smell wonderful, add a few drops of lavender essential oil.

Borax Spray

1 teaspoon borax
3 tablespoons white vinegar
2 cups very hot water from the tap
a spray bottle

Add all of the ingredients into the spray bottle. Sake well until the borax is completely dissolved. To use, spray the area and let the solution set on it for ten minutes, then rinse with water.

Antiseptic Herbal Sprays
Buy spray bottles from Amazon / re-use a thoroughly cleaned one

Did you know that aromatic herbs have antiseptic qualities?

You can make a herbal disinfectant spray very easily.

* 3 to 4 tablespoons dried pulverized sage, rosemary, lavender, thyme, eucalyptus leaves, mint leaves, or 1 teaspoon ground cloves.
* 2 cups of boiling water
* spray bottle

Make a strong tea by placing one or more of the herbs in a pot and fill with 2 cups of boiling water.

Let it steep 10-15 minutes. Cool and strain the liquid into a spray bottle. Spray where you need to combat odors like pet odor, bathroom odor, etc. Rinse well.

Amazon has a wide selection of spray bottles. If you choose to recycle a spray bottle, make sure it did not contain a highlt poisonous mixture. Wash well, let dry, and air it well.

Takeaway Truth

Try these organic disinfectants. They should do the job and smell good at the same time.

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